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Biden Administration seeks to induce Zelensky to tackle corruption and break with Kolomoysky

Source : 112 Ukraine

Zelensky should press for judicial reforms, restore independence to the central bank and rule out any move to weaken the National Anti-Corruption Bureau
08:04, 15 March 2021

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The new U.S. administration is seeking to induce Zelensky to tackle his own country’s endemic corruption — something that is vital to stabilizing its economy and preserving its fragile independence from Russia. This is reported by The Washington Post. 

It is noted that although Zelensky has not yet received a call from the current US pesident, this delay in dialogue has nothing to do with Donald Trump's corrupt attempt to force the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Biden. 

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Last week, the administration followed up by sanctioning Kolomoysky on grounds of corruption, sending an unmistakable message about its expectations. Zelensky’s office released a statement in response to the U.S. sanction, saying that “Ukraine is grateful to all its partners for support” in “the battle with the oligarchs.” But the president must show greater commitment to that fight.

Related: EU supports U.S. sanctions against oligarch Kolomoysky

"Zelensky should press for judicial reforms, restore independence to the central bank and rule out any move to weaken the National Anti-Corruption Bureau. He should break unequivocally with Kolomoysky and support criminal charges against him," the message reads.

Having survived a U.S. president who sought to corrupt him, Zelensky now has the opportunity to forge a partnership with Biden that could decisively advance Ukraine’s attempt to break free from Russia and join the democratic West. He should seize on it, the newspaper notes.

Meanwhile, the United States of America is preparing additional responses to the "harmful actions" of the Russian Federation. This was announced by White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at a briefing.

"He (US President Joe Biden - ed.) chose a tough policy towards Russia, which includes working with the Europeans to punish Navalny's poisoning and preparing additional responses to other harmful actions that Russia has taken," Sullivan said.

Related: Germany offers Biden to develop joint policy regarding Russia, China

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